PEOPLE who feed Huddersfield's pigeons could find themselves up before the beak.
Kirklees Council officials are discussing slapping fines of up to £80 on people who ignore proposed new rules that ban the feeding of the town's portly pigeons.
Officials are so worried about the increasing number of wild pigeons in shopping areas that they are planning to take the hard line with people who feed them.
If people refuse to pay the fines they could be taken to court to gain the cash.
A report to go before the council's town centre committee sub-group tomorrow says a new way of dealing with the airborne menaces is needed.
It adds: "It is considered that the only successful long-term and sustainable strategy for controlling pigeons is to reduce the food available to them.
"This essentially involves educating the local community - in all its forms - that the feeding of pigeons is detrimental to the health and welfare of the birds."
Earlier this month the Examiner reported on a row between Kirklees Council and the Pigeon Control Advisory Service.
The organisation said Kirklees had ignored its advice on dealing with the birds and wasted taxpayers' cash.
The row centred on a £2,000 dovecote near the bus station.
It was planned that pigeons would lay eggs in it and the eggs would then be destroyed to keep down the population.
The Examiner revealed that despite lavishing thousands of pounds of public money the de luxe dovecote failed to collect a single egg in two years.
Under the new proposals - as well as fining people - plans to stop the seemingly endless growth of the pigeon population include confronting "compulsive" pigeon feeders and talking to them on a one-to-one basis.
The council will also be putting up signs and circulating leaflets urging people not to feed the bloated birds.
The report adds that the strategy is long term and that immediate results should not be expected.
The plans will be discussed at a public meeting in Room 16 at Huddersfield Town Hall at 7pm tomorrow.